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CHAPTER VII. Hints and Don'ts.
Watch your competitors. Note their success or failure; analyze the cause and profit thereby.
Note public demand.
If you do not feel confident to write or compose a certain style of song, stick to the kind you are sure of, and gradually, adapt yourself to the others, if possible, before publicly presenting your work.
Avoid slang and vulgarism; they never succeed.
Avoid many-syllabled words and those containing hard consonants, wherever possible.
In writing lyrics be concise; get to your point quickly and when you arrive there make the point as strong as possible.
Simplicity in melody is one of the great secrets of success.
Let your melody musically convey the character and sentiment of the lyrics.
Don't try and write your music with a fine pointed pen. Use either a stub or a three-pointed music pen.
Don't use blotting paper on your written composition; let the ink dry.
Use a good black ink for writing. You can buy regular Music Ink at any good stationer's.
Try and acquire a good hand for writing music. If you find you cannot accomplish this or acquire the knack with any degree of satisfaction, let some one do this who is competent.
A poorly written manuscript is always handicapped when presented to a publisher, artist or manager.